Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman soon will begin the final season of his rookie contract. If he gets off to a great start during the 2013 season he’ll still have to finish his rookie contract.

G.M. Mark Dominik told WDAE-AM on Saturday (via JoeBucsFan.com) that the team will wait until the season is over before addressing Freeman’s status.

“I think there’s just a comfort level that everybody understands where Josh Freeman’s going” Dominik said. “Let’s focus on this season and then we’ll go after the season’s over.”

If Freeman has a huge year the Bucs will have a problem. They’ll have to decide whether to pay Freeman what he wants whether to risk another team trying to sign him in exchange for a pair of first-round draft picks via the non-exclusive franchise tender or whether to start down a path that could cost $80 million over three years via the exclusive franchise tag.